ILHS football player hurt in wreck

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By Kayla Vaughn

An Indian Land High football player was seriously injured Wednesday, June 5, in a head-on collision on U.S. 521 near Possum Hollow Road.
Ethan Wayne Swanner, a senior lineman for the Warriors, was headed east on Possum Hollow Road in a 1965 Ford Mustang shortly before 8 a.m., according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
The 17-year-old disregarded a stop sign, striking another vehicle driven by Jessica Maegan Pepper, 18, of Charlotte, Miller said.
Swanner was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, Miller said. That model of Mustang was not originally equipped with seat belts, and it is unclear whether the vehicle had been retrofitted with them.
Pepper was wearing a seatbelt and sustained no injuries.
Firefighters from the Pleasant Valley and Indian Land fire departments began setting up a landing zone while paramedics worked on Swanner, but the helicopter flight was declined due to bad weather. He was transported by EMS to a nearby hospital.
His condition was unknown at press time Friday.
One of his coaches, Bakari Burton, expressed his support of the high school senior on Twitter.
“Today wasn’t about Xs and Os,” the tweet read. “Today was about family, life and TEAM. WE ARE WARRIOR STRONG! Keep fighting Ethan, the whole Warrior family is behind you and your family!!!”

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